Children

Children in Worship

Children’s Sunday School Classes are beginning September 19

As you plan your week, take time to help your children  grow in their Christian faith.  Make a commitment, and reassure them that God loves them how He works through their lives.

At the time of writing this information, classes are scheduled to be in person.  Watch your email for any changes that may occur due to covid. 

Children up to grade 3 will meet in the church nave at 9:15 AM where Pastor Reep will lead the bible story of the day. Following the story, children will be dismissed to their classrooms. See below for more information. This story time will also be live streamed on YouTube for those unable to come in person.

The age groupings for classes are as follows:
Infantpreschool Kindergarden1st grade 2nd3rd grade

Children in grades 46 will go directly to their classroom at 9:15 AM to meet their teachers for the story and learning activities. This group will be studying one of the Bible lessons heard during the Sunday service.

Sunday School Opening Devotions and Bible StoryLive Stream at 9:15 AM
As a way to teach Gods love through Bible stories, Pastor Reep will present a weekly story at the be-
ginning of Sunday School from September 19 through November 14. The story will start promptly at 9:15 AM because it will be live streamed. If you can attend in person, please be in the church nave ready to start. The hope is that not only St. Pauls families who may not be able to attend in person, or who may be away, or children enrolled in our preschool, or friends and neighbors you may have and for whom there isnt any known Christian education, this will be a way to engage in a Bible story extending Gods love. Please share this information! It can also be accessed through our YouTube channel
St. Paul’s Lutheran church South George St. York YouTube so that folks can watch if necessary at a later time.

September 19 Beginnings, Creation, Genesis 1

September 26 Protection, Building Noahs Ark, Genesis 6

October 3 Promise, Abrams Call, Genesis12

October 10 Visitors, Abraham and Sarahs Visitors, Genesis 17&18

October 17 Blessings, Isaacs Blessing, Genesis 25 &27

October 24 Freedom, Free from Slavery, Exodus 5

October 31 Making a Way, Crossing the Red Sea, Exodus 14

November 7 Life, Ten Commandments, Exodus 20

November 14 Barriers, Jericho, Joshua 6

Children’s Weekly Bulletins are provided every week for our children and their family at the same place adults pick up the adult bulletin and with the weekly bulletins on the webpage.  These bulletins are designed to help children understand the Bible readings that are heard during church each week.  They are useful as talking points during the week and as part of your family prayer time at bed time or meal time.  Parents are a child’s chief Christian Education leader and should enjoy the walk together in faith with their children.

Spark family magazine provides ways for you to talk about God and Jesus with your children. St. Pauls subscribes to this magazine for our families with young children sending it directly to your home. The third quarter issue arrived in August. Take time to read the stories with your children and try out some of the activities.  Enjoy growing in faith together. (If you are not receiving this magazine, simply call the church office and asked to be added to the subscription list.)

At baptism, we welcome each child into the Lord’s family as fellow members of the body of Christ and workers with us.

Presentation of Age Appropriate Bibles

Presentation of BiblesSunday September 12
The Christian Education Committee will present children and youth with Bibles on Sunday September 12 during the Sunday Liturgy. Infants new to the congregation will receive the First Stories of Jesus, a beginning Bible board book. Students entering First grade will be presented the Paraclete Bible for Kids. Students entering Fourth grade will be presented the Adventure Bible. Students entering Seventh grade will be presented the NRSV Student Bible. Our hope as a faith community is that by placing in the hands of our children versions of the Bible that are age appropriate, we may get our young people more engaged in reading and discussing Bible stories. It is important for us to honestly use our Bibles. They should show signs of wear and use. The
Reformation of the 16th century encouraged Christian people to read and study the Bible. Please be present in worship on Sunday September 12 to show your support and to give your encouragement to the children and youth of our congregation as they learn and grow in Gods grace.

*Nursery – No nursery at this time!  The nursery is for infants to pre-k aged children during the 10:30 a.m. service.  The nursery will open 10 minutes prior to service and parents may opt to bring their child to the nursery before the service or after the children’s sermon.  Children must be picked up by their adult guardian prior to communion or immediately after the service.  All sippy cups or bottles should be labeled with the child’s name.  A snack will be available unless nursery volunteers are told otherwise by the parent.  For the protection of your child and other children, parents are requested not to bring a sick child to the nursery.  If you would like to volunteer to help out in the nursery, please contact Carrie Oberholtzer.

For information about Sunday School, volunteer opportunities or joining a class, contact the church office.

The new youth room is working great when we gather on the upper level.  The room has been designed so different activities can take place at the same time.  We are feeling at home in our youth room, whether we are hanging out, having Bible study, playing games, preparing a meal, or making new friends. Contact Miss Kelly for more information.

Create at St. Paul’s/formerly Creative Fun – The schedule for Create can be found on the Family Ministry Page.  Click here to view the schedule.

Holy Communion Instruction, A holy Meal for Holy People – Communion instruction is provided for all children.  For some it will be their First Communion, for others it will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Holy Meal.  Pastor Reep will provide the leadership for this important component of faith formation for our

Musical Opportunities for Children are:

Cantabile Bell Choir –  (See more)

Cherub Choir –  (See more)

Instrumentalist –  (See more)

Vacation Bible School:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Paul’s will not be having VBS summer 2020.
Church Summer Camp 2021
Camp Kirchenwald and Camp Nawakwa
From Generation to Generation
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.  Psalm 100:5
The Lutheran Camps offer a wide variety of things to strengthen faith and enrich our Christian Community:  Worship, Daily Prayer, Making New Friends, Seeing Old Friends, Fun Activities, Adventure and Acts of Service.  There are many different camps offered throughout the summer.  From Grade K through grade 11.  You can choose your favorite camp week from Ultimate Sports, Jr. Classic, Kayak, Back Country Outpost, Arts and Crafts, Water Adventure, Trails and Treats and many, many more fun weeks.  Talk to Miss Kelly if you are interested in Camp Nawakwa or Camp Kirchenwald.  Camp brochures are available for you to look at.
The congregation supports the Lutheran Camping Corporation and the camps that it offers for children and families and offers Camperships for anyone interested in attending.  If you know you want to attend one of the specialty camps that fill up right away, let Miss Kelly know and she will be glad to help you register.  You can visit  the corporation’s website at:  http://www.lutherancamping.org/summer

The Lutheran Camping Corporation carries out its mission as a gracious expression of God’s.  The heart of that mission is to:  The Church, in a place and time apart…Where God’s presence is experienced, Faith is renewed, Christ’s love is felt, and the Church is strengthened for the service and proclamation of the Gospel!  Our goal is for each child to experience the love of Christ!

We are encouraging all of our children and youth to attend a week of church camp.

Testimonial from one of our families that did the Family Camp at Kirchenwald:  “In August 2019, our family had the opportunity to attend Family Camp for a half week at Camp Kirchenwald.  It is our second year attending this annual camp.  We find this camp to be a great place to spend time together as a family, to engage with other families in faith, and to unplug from electronic devices and connect with nature.  Our 5-year-old son loves camp too.  He enjoyed the many outdoor activities, especially the big capture the flag game.”

 

       ” …we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that He has done.”  Psalm 78:4